English-born Leo Fowler came to New Zealand as a boy, and soon grew close to his Māori neighbours. As manager of the Gisborne radio station 2XG he made special efforts to address the 50% of its audience who were Māori. He later formed the Māori programmes section of the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation. In 1959 he wrote the historical novel Brown conflict and is seen here with a copy in 1972.
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